D.C. cab drivers organizing labor union

Cab drivers discuss problems at a union hall Tuesday. (Photo: Sam Ford)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - "The whole system don't work.”

That’s the sentiment of a frustrated cab driver who spoke Tuesday at a Teamsters Hall, where D.C. cab drivers voiced anger over changes they say are too fast and too expensive.

After turmoil over credit card readers, the issue now is the dome light drivers must have though many, if not most, do not, by Friday.

At installation garages, the workers are busy at it. And as for the taxicab commission, they say if the cabbies don’t have dome lights, the cabs will be impounded.

Chairman of the D.C. Taxi Commission, Ron Linton, says they've had four months’ notice. He also said he's received a letter from the teamsters
"and proceeded to make an ultimatum for what to stop what we're doing or we'll get sued.”

Teamsters local president, however, said the new requirements are too costly.

"There's no way the cab drivers can produce that kind of money and take care of their families and buy food to put on the table,” he says.

So the cabdrivers, many if not most owner operators, are organizing with a labor union.